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  • MO-Sen: Talent (R) swiftboats Iraq War vet he sent to war.
  • NC-8: NC Democratic Party head Jerry Meek, a gate-crasher featured in Crashing the Gate, will be camping out at Larry Kissell HQ working hard to bring the race into our column.
  • Today is the last day of Adam B's fundraising drive for the PA 6-7-8 candidates. The more money he raises, the more local activists can attend a fundraiser with Hillary.
  • KY-02: Mike Weaver, who I yesterday called the "dumbest Democrat running for Congress", responds.

    When I described the behavior of the Republican leadership in response to the Foley scandal as "liberal," I was making a poor attempt at sarcasm. I was trying to use the word "liberal" the way that Ron Lewis uses in his ads against me. Clearly, my futile attempts failed.

    Both conservatives and liberals alike can lack morality. It is not fair to use the word "liberal" in a way that leads voters to believe that a person who is liberal lacks morality just like it's not fair to use the word "conservative" to connote cold-hearted and stingy.

    I hope that Daily Kos readers understand that I made a mistake and there's a pretty damned good chance I'll make a few more in my lifetime.

  • PA-12: Murtha has big lead in independent poll, 57-30. And the wingers thought they could make a race out of this given Murtha's strong stance against the Iraq War.
  • I still don't know why anyone cares about Christopher Hitchens.
  • So it looks like Rove gave Reynolds an assist in making sure Foley didn't retire this year, despite all the evidence that he was a sexual predator.
  • CATO has a report showing libertarians moving to the Democrats.

    Our own data analysis is stricter. We find 9 to 13 percent libertarians in the Gallup surveys, 14 percent in the Pew Research Center Typology Survey, and 13 percent in the American National Election Studies, generally regarded as the best source of public opinion data.

    For those on the trail of the elusive swing voter, it may be most notable that the libertarian vote shifted sharply in 2004. Libertarians preferred George W. Bush over Al Gore by 72 to 20 percent, but Bush's margin dropped in 2004 to 59-38 over John Kerry. Congressional voting showed a similar swing from 2002 to 2004. Libertarians apparently became disillusioned with Republican overspending, social intolerance, civil liberties infringements, and the floundering war in Iraq. If that trend continues into 2006 and 2008, Republicans will lose elections they would otherwise win.

  • IN-02, 08: CQ notes that Dems are making progress.
  • MN-06: Holy crap is Michele Bachmann (R) a nut! Here, she's getting laughed at by the audience by saying Terri Schiavo was a "healthy woman". There's YouTube going around of her getting laughed at by claiming there is no such thing as global warming. Her Democratic opponent is Patty Wetterling.
  • The War of the Words -- a web documentary starring the heroes of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:47 AM PDT.

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  •  Thanks to Adam B... (7+ / 0-)

    I'll be going to a fundraiser in Philly tomorrow for Lois Murphy, Joe Sestak, and Patrick Murphy. Special guest is Hillary Clinton...does anyone have a message they'd like to pass on? :P

    I will be blogging about the event afterwards (probably in the evening, East Coast time).

    Deny My Freedom
    "Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen." -Al Gore

    by PsiFighter37 on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:45:10 AM PDT

  •  Light whoring. (2+ / 0-)
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    mango, Dave the Rave

    Seems to get high level jobs at the White House, NSA, and other government offices, one doesn't need to spend years getting a college degree when you can just buy a fake one online.

    Phillybits - A Showcase Of Political News And Thought

    by Stand Strong on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:45:42 AM PDT

  •  Diary - progressive business practices work! (2+ / 0-)
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    SallyCat, chiefsjen

    Pre-order unConventional, the official photo documentary of YearlyKos 2006!

    by Raven Brooks on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:45:47 AM PDT

  •  42 polls coming out today (4+ / 0-)
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    GussieFN, chiefsjen, brownsox, VoteHarder

    Any rumors about them?

    •  I Am Guessing It Is the... (4+ / 0-)
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      GussieFN, ETinKC, Ellicatt, VoteHarder

      MajorityWatch series.

      No word on the trajectory, although there is a new Ohio Senate poll that has Brown up 14, AND apparently there is also a BIG poll coming out of Missouri tonight.

      My F5 key has the freaking text rubbed off of it at this point!!


      "It. Is. About. Winning."

      by Steve Singiser on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:53:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  If the Dem have an overall lead of 20% to (0+ / 0-)

      30%, and it seems like it, than how hard is it going to be for Diebold to manipulate the votes? are on the March, boy George!!

      by Asinus Asinum Fricat on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:00:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The usual, I'm guessing (0+ / 0-)

      Not from any info, mind you. Mostly good news, a couple bad ones. My completely out-of-my-ass guess as to the ones that will show bad news are:

      PA (Fitzpatrick race, whatever district that is)
      CT (Johnson race)
      CO (Musgrave race)

      And on the good news front:

      NY (Reynolds race ... I hear this is basically over)
      ID (Sali is losing now)

      CA11 (Pombo)

      All over Florida

  •  At Least They Didn't Kill Anyone? (4+ / 0-)
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    Phil S 33, Ellicatt, mango, raincrow

    Holy crap - this goopers REALLY getting desperate.

    Here's what shay's had to say about Foley-Gate...

    "I know the speaker didn't go over a bridge and leave a young person in the water, and then have a press conference the next day"

    I hope this scandal keeps its legs until 11/7.  This guy's just given us another day's worth of coverage!

    Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. -8.75 / -6.10

    by Alegre on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:48:06 AM PDT

  •  Hitchens baffles me, but... (3+ / 0-)
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    potownman, Ellicatt, raincrow

    It mystifies me even more that a washed-up hack like Dick Morris is still around.

    "All men having power ought to be mistrusted."--James Madison.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:48:18 AM PDT

  •  Don't let anyone tell your otherwise; anger works (5+ / 0-)
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    suzq, potownman, PatsBard, Ellicatt, raincrow

    The high levels of political interest are driven largely by Democratic anger and optimism that they can win in November. Republican interest is close to its usual levels, according to the poll of 1,804 adults, including 1,503 registered voters. (Watch how the Foley scandal may suppress the evangelical vote Video -- 1:46)

    The survey was conducted September 21-October 4 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    The 'War On Terra' will be won when Republicans are removed from power

    by shpilk on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:48:30 AM PDT

    •  Absolutely. (0+ / 0-)

      Up until this year, when someone told a liberal, "why are you so angry?" the liberal would say, "I'm not angry."

      Now when someone asks why we're angry, we let loose with a laundry list of grievances and, voila, there's something in it to make everyone angry!

    •  thats what I always tell my kids (1+ / 0-)
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      get angry and then make decisions...  people will like you.  

      •  no .. anger is better used as a motivating force (0+ / 0-)

        to make things better.

        The people who bottle up anger inside get ulcers, high blood pressure, strokes .. some even take guns into schoolrooms.

        Being angry is part of being a human being. Deny it at your own peril; teaching your child how to deal with their anger is doing a disservice to your child to society.

        Use anger to make your world a better place.

        The 'War On Terra' will be won when Republicans are removed from power

        by shpilk on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 03:51:26 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Mike Weaver,,, (16+ / 0-)

    has just gained back my respect and support.

    Good on him for responding.  

    "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2750+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

    by Miss Blue on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:50:02 AM PDT

  •  At least Weaver (15+ / 0-)

    had the balls to apologize and admit to poor word choice instead of trying to spin it like crazy.

    It was still stupid, but mistakes are mistakes.

    We're oft to blame in this--tis too much proved--that with devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself.

    by TheBlaz on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:50:17 AM PDT

  •  "futile attempts failed"? (0+ / 0-)

    isn't that a little oxymoronic?

    "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." --Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    by DCDemocrat on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:50:30 AM PDT

  •  Too much spare time today (9+ / 0-)


    'Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it'. - GBS

    by stevej on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:50:40 AM PDT

  •  Jay-Z has a new album coming (0+ / 0-)

    "All my soldiers in the field I will wish you safe return/ but only love kills war, when will they learn" ~Jay-Z

    by Roatti on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:50:42 AM PDT

  •  Reynolds/Rove/McCain (5+ / 0-)

    McCain bails out as local speaker; Rove to pinch-hit

    WASHINGTON - Erie County Republicans on Tuesday quickly recruited White House power hitter Karl Rove to speak at their annual black-tie dinner Oct. 20 after the front-runner for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain, dropped out unexpectedly.

    In addition to speaking at the dinner, McCain was scheduled to lead a rally in Buffalo for embattled Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence. McCain's office Tuesday scrubbed both events, claiming that the popular Arizona Republican had a scheduling conflict.

    The Rural Patriot - Proudly bringing home the facts to rural areas of western New York State.

    by Ellicatt on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:52:40 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, he had a scheduling conflict alright (4+ / 0-)
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      potownman, PatsBard, Ellicatt, marykk

      His presidential campaign folks told him there'd be a huge conflict among the American electorate if pictures circulated of him schmoozing with a GOP leader too busy covering-up the FoleyGate scandal to care whether underage Pages were in jeopardy.

      McCain is going to have a lot more conflicts to get over if he wants to play big league ball in '08, like how the hell is he going to explain to voters about his unwavering support of the neo-con war in Iraq, his support of torture for prisoners, and his embrace of Jerry Falwell and the fundamentalist religious right?

      That sound you hear is the shattering of the double-pane of glass under McCain's feet: one, that he's some kind of a moderate or maverick, and two, that he has any legitimate shot at the presidency. That day has come and gone.

      "Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --George W. Bush

      by RevJoe on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:03:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Couple Things (2+ / 0-)
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        Ellicatt, raincrow

        Rove is a "power hitter?"  What, with all those home runs he's been hitting for Bush?

        I guess if creating a naked dictator is your goal...

        front-runner for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain

        Who decided that?

        RevJoe, I'm with you.  Any good Democrat could knock McMcCain's cod piece off.

    •  I wonder what digit (1+ / 0-)
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      Karl occupies on John McCain's speed dial?

  •  Videos worth watching: (0+ / 0-)

    Bobby Lee from MadTV as Kim Jong Il singing "Crazy":

    Mark Fiore on GOP 2.0 Instant Messaging software using text from the Foley scandal:

    "It's just like the 60's, only with less hope." -Justin Bond in the film "Shortbus" (-6.38/ -4.21)

    by wonkydonkey on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:52:52 AM PDT

  •  a diary you probably missed (3+ / 0-)
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    suzq, PatsBard, FoundingFatherDAR

    provoked by the fact my sister in law works next door to the building hit by the plane

    Interconnected by tragedy

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:52:58 AM PDT

  •  New poll tonite, I bet DEM up in MO (2+ / 0-)
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    maryb2004, Steve Singiser

    big news on political wire

    so screw you Talent for screwing the Vets, you feel the race tightening too bad, it's almost over

  •  Kudos to Weaver (8+ / 0-)

    for recognizing his gaffe...

    but he needs to remember a couple of things:

    1. not everyone that hears his comments is familiar with the details of his race and the things his opponent has said (especially anyone outside the district) which makes his reference like an obscure inside joke that is overtly offensive to the very people he seeks to court; and
    1. Sarcasm does not translate in print.

    Let's hope he doesn't make any more mistakes like this.

    I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson [-4.25, -5.33]

    by GTPinNJ on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:53:54 AM PDT

  •  Hitchens. One more reason (2+ / 0-)
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    potownman, Ellicatt

    why I long for a liberal cable channel to counter Fox News.

    Imagine a world where there is a news channel where Dick Morris or Christopher Hitchens can't get treated like they are visionary geniuses but instead are actively exposed as crackpots.

    •  Hitchens is Bat Shit Crazy. (0+ / 0-)

      I used to respect some of the things he said, a long time ago.  Now, of course, I'm like, "WTF?  What the hell happened to him?"

      The booze is supposed to make one happy, not a raving lunatic.

      Oh, 'cept for Commander Cuckoobanana.

    •  Who? (0+ / 0-)

      I still don't know why anyone cares about Christopher Hitchens.

      What a waste of electrons that story and discussion of him were. Don't people have better things to do with their time than analyse the drunken ravings of a non-elected fascist?

      Filleann an feall ar an bhfeallaire. The treachery returns to the betrayer. A crushing primary defeat for every Vichy Democrat who enables Bush.

      by ibonewits on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:27:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  fascist? are you serious? (0+ / 0-)

        the guy have campaigned to prevent genocide in Rwanda, Chechnya, Iraq, former Yugoslavia, has petitioned to indict Kissinger, wrote for the Nation and supports democracy movements across the world.  

        Do your homework.

        •  He wouldn't be the first liberal... (0+ / 0-)

 turn fascist later in his career. Money and fame can do that to some folks.

          Filleann an feall ar an bhfeallaire. The treachery returns to the betrayer. A crushing primary defeat for every Vichy Democrat who enables Bush.

          by ibonewits on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 09:56:12 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  this from today's Kerry mailer (3+ / 0-)
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    potownman, PatsBard, Ellicatt


    It's like a meeting of the "no accountability" caucus of the Republican Party. Tonight in Chicago, George W. Bush and House Speaker Denny Hastert will appear side-by-side campaigning for Republican candidates.

    And, if you think Republicans can't dance, wait until you see 2006 candidates waltz away from the dreaded prospect of being caught in a photo op between the President and the Speaker of the House.

    "Woulda. Shoulda. Coulda."

    The revolution will be live

    by tinfoilhat on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:56:37 AM PDT

  •  Bachmann is MN's Katherine Harris for omg-crazy. (10+ / 0-)

    If you want to know how insane Bachmann really is, you can start with some choice quotes, posted in the Bachmann vs. Bachmann on Patty Wetterling's sites.

    You should also be aware that there are photos, and possibly a video, of Bachmann at a gay rights rally at the capitol building in St. Paul, hiding in the bushes watching, with some guard standing in front of her to "protect" her.  She has delusions of persecution.  Sorry no link, but I know it was covered in the local media, including on AAR...  

    She also provides no health insurance to her employees, she has a JD but no license to practice law in MN, and wants to go to Congress to "represent the right kind of people."  

  •  Indiana races (5+ / 0-)

    I'm getting more and more confirmation from my sources in the state that republicans are bailing on IN-08 (Hostettler) and are shifting that money to IN-09 (Sodrel).

    IN-02 (Chocula) R internal polls show him diving, and the Rs may be prepared to pull there too and burn everything in the toss-up 9 between Hill and Sodrel.

    I personally will do everything I can to make sure this one doesnt get away.  We need Baron back.

  •  The Genius Of Maryscott O'Connor (0+ / 0-)

    Yesterday Maryscott went way off topic, many thought, in her diary declaring she would not vote for Hillary Clinton for President, ever.

    But Maryscott was not off topic even if she didn't know it; but I think she knew exactly what she was doing.

    It's called TRIANGULATING.
    You aren't going to seal the deal with the Libertarians, or any other swing voters who by definition are not enamoured of some faction or other among Democrats, if you can't triangulate.

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:57:51 AM PDT

  •  strickland under fire in Ohio (0+ / 0-)

    by some zipheaded repubs for a supposed connection to the Foley scandal. In Cincinnati, Bill Cunningham's WLW radio show is focused on this (he's a right-winger). A friend told me about it but I can't stand to listen. However I did google Strickland-Foley & came up with this in freeperville

    Strickland's refusal to vote "yea" has been interpreted as implicit support for pedophilia, as he was given a chance to join an overwhelming congressional bipartisan majority voting to condemn the APA study.

    from this

    If anyone has more insight or knowledge about how much impact they think this could have on Strickland in Ohio, please post. I'm not too concerned, but do not trust Blackwell & his supporters at all. Thnks

    •  oh my god (0+ / 0-)

      ...that is such a stretch. Somehow, I can't see anybody, even the wingnuttiest of wingnuts, catch on to the cry that STRICKLAND ONLY VOTED "PRESENT" IN A SYMBOLIC PROCEDURAL VOTE IN 1999 TO CONDEMN A STUDY BY THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION!!!

      And the charge that "Strickland supports pedos" wouldn't stick absent something a little more concrete than the above.

      •  Well I hope you're right (0+ / 0-)

        My 'caller' is a physician who has considerable interest in child abuse issues, & is normally a pretty credible guy...I really hate to think any sane person would support Blackwell over Strickland in this election, but you can't rule him out - especially if the repubs somehow manage to muddy things up with the so-called 'values voters' :(

        •  I hope I'm right too! (0+ / 0-)

          But this is OHIO, after all! :(

        •  It's an attack from the anti-science wingnuttery. (1+ / 0-)
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          Just because your caller is a physician doesn't mean he or she has any deep knowledge of psychology, otherwise, you'd be sending your kids to him or her for therapy too, if they needed it.

          As I've said before in other responses, pedophilia is a psychological term, not a legal one.  We have to define our legal remedies on different grounds because we protect children from different threats at different ages.

          The APA has been attacked by several right wing organizations for changing the definition of pedophilia in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  There has been a debate about whether someone can be classified as a pedophile if that person has never acted on his or her urges.  But for now the definition remains thus:

          The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
          Fourth Edition Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria for Pedophilia (302.2) are:
          A. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual
          urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children
          (generally age 13 years or younger);
          B. The person has acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked
          distress or interpersonal difficulty;
          C. The person is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years older than the child or children in

          Criterion A.

          Uh, and by the way, please read the above.  Mark Foley IS NOT A PEDOPHILE.

          So there are two reasons why Strickland's vote has nothing to do with Mark Foley.  (1) the vote was an attack on science and (2) Mark Foley is not a pedophile, so this isn't even pertinant.

    •  I dont think it will have much impact.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...everyone here still knows that Blackwell is way too crazy to be governor. Plus this is so easily refuted that it wont carry any water except in the most die hard repub circles....and to that I say "who cares" because those idiots will believe anything anyway.

      And for everyone on here who hasn't ever heard Cunningham.....just take my word for it....he is an idiot when it comes to politics.

      What does the billboard say? "Come and play, come and play....forget about the movement"

      by Diggla on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:12:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  HI-frigging-LARIOUS (0+ / 0-)

      ...has been interpreted as implicit support for pedophilia

      Isn't that libelous?

      The revolution will be live

      by tinfoilhat on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:13:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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        from the Athens News article referenced below:

        When Republican Mike Azinger tried to unseat Strickland in 2000, he dug out the vote on HCR 107 to use against the incumbent, announcing publicly that by voting "present" on the resolution, Strickland had "voted to give child molesters a free ride."

        Strickland fought back angrily, taking his case to the Ohio Elections Commission.

        In May 2001, the OEC announced a settlement with Azinger, in which the Republican - whom Strickland had crushed in the election - agreed to admit publicly that he'd broken a state law against telling lies about his opponent.

        Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief... You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

        by Albatross on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:46:56 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  old, distorted, and libelous news: (3+ / 0-)
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      suzq, Catte Nappe, PatsBard

      from the Athens News:

      Strickland said at the time of the vote that he could not in good conscience support the resolution, because it declared that anyone who has had a childhood sexual relationship with an adult can never have a healthy and loving sexual relationship in later life, and is likely to become a sexual abuser him- or herself.

      The congressman has argued that this is unfair to victims, and rules out the possibility of healing. He has also questioned, as a trained psychologist, whether most of his House colleagues even understood the specialized study they voted to condemn.

      Oh, and:

      When U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland's Republican opponent tried in 2000 to make a campaign issue out of Strickland's vote on a controversial House resolution about child sexual abuse, Strickland went after his attacker legally and won sanctions against him.

      Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief... You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

      by Albatross on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:16:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  carter in nevada (1+ / 0-)
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    this diary slipped through the cracks...let's show jack our support!

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:59:14 AM PDT

  •  IN-09 (2+ / 0-)
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    BWasikIUgrad, TheJohnny

    I voted today in Monroe County, and you can too(if you live here).  Easy enough, go to the Curry Building on 7th and get it done. Lets get those Baron Hill votes done early and often to allow for better focusing on lists during election day.

    Shame on the dems for not getting anyone on the line for seante. yes, beating luger is not likely, but someone for crying out loud.  still didnt vote for luger though. did vote for my first republican today in an uncontested judicial race since there was no dem and the republican really is a nice guy.

  •  too little too late dept. (0+ / 0-)

    the new phil angelides commercial is pretty cool.

    the one that uses a little 60s nostalgia and stays strictly positive about phil.

    Yes. Shut up and vote.

    by BiminiCat on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:59:49 AM PDT

  •  Global Warming (1+ / 0-)
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    Wish it was a bit warmer here today, mid October, 35 degrees and snowing!  I broke out the Christmas music for the office today, cause its beginning to look alot like it outside :)

    "Dude, Wheres the soul of the Democratic Party"

    by marcvstraianvs on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:02:00 AM PDT

  •  Terri Schiavo was healthy? (3+ / 0-)
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    PatsBard, raincrow, SnowCountry

    Almost as healthy as Rick Santorum's electoral prospects.

    "I have powers! Political powers!" -Homer Simpson

    by Arjun Jaikumar on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:02:10 AM PDT

    •  Yes (5+ / 0-)

      She was actually ready to play in the WNBA.

      In other news:

      • Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
      • We've found the WMD.
      • There was an operational relationship between Saddam and Al Qaeda.
      • The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are going very well. We have been greeted as liberators. And Iraqi oil revenue is paying for all of it.
      • The economy is strong.
      • Sexual orientation is a choice.
      • A blastocyst is a human being.
      • There is no global warming.
      • Intelligent design is an equivalent theory to Evolution.
      • Jeff Gannon was a reporter.
      • Tom DeLay is a moral man.
      • Our elections are secure. Fraud is impossible.
      • Bush's Iran policy is working. Bush's North Korea policy is working. Both regimes are less dangerous now than they were under Bill Clinton.
      • Allowing gay weddings will make everyone want to turn gay.
      • Al Gore claimed he invented the Internet.
      • John Kerry shot himself in the leg to earn his medals.
      • George W. Bush used no family influence to avoid serving in Vietnam.
      • Fox News is "fair and balanced."
      • Rush Limbaugh is interested in a "relentless pursuit of the truth."

      The Republican Party: Keeping America Fact-Free Since 2001

      by IndyScott on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:23:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  haha fox news (3+ / 0-)
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    raincrow, VoteHarder, SnowCountry

    When even the conservative newspaper The Economist calls you Republican, then you are.

    This is doubly dismal news for the Republicans: dismal because the numbers are so bad and dismal because they have spent the past week or so engaged in a concerted effort to limit the damage and fight back (the firmly Republican Fox News even identified Foley as a Democrat from Florida).

    Europe see this so clearly, yet over here they just reply with the 'Fair and Balanced' nonsense...

    "I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks." Winston Churchill

    by Desbrisay on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:03:02 AM PDT

  •  Thank You John Kerry (1+ / 0-)
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    I just got this email from Senator Kerry and thought I would share. At least one Senator is really puching the battle.

    It's like a meeting of the "no accountability" caucus of the Republican Party. Tonight in Chicago, George W. Bush and House Speaker Denny Hastert will appear side-by-side campaigning for Republican candidates.
    And, if you think Republicans can't dance, wait until you see 2006 candidates waltz away from the dreaded prospect of being caught in a photo op between the President and the Speaker of the House.

    "Woulda. Shoulda. Coulda."

    That was Denny Hastert's instinctive response to questions about why the Republican leadership hadn't done more to protect young congressional pages in the Mark Foley scandal. Those are the words of a politician and a party who have made a habit of ignoring the facts, ducking responsibility, and avoiding accountability.

    Woulda stopped the corruption of Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, and Duke Cunningham. Coulda forced President Bush to abandon his destructive "stay the course" policy in Iraq. Shoulda cared about something other than cynically holding onto power.

    Too late now, Denny. We've had enough. That's why we've added John Laesch, your Democratic opponent and a former Navy intelligence analyst, to our October slate of veterans running for Congress.

    Rush a contribution to our veteran candidates right now.

    What better way to respond to the Bush-Hastert get-together in Chicago than rushing contributions to five veterans running in races that can finally break the Republican grip on power. This isn't the October Denny Hastert and George Bush had in mind.

    They thought they'd have Democratic candidates on the run... burying our hopes in an avalanche of special interest money... stealing our momentum with bogus "soft on terrorism" charges.

    Speaker Hastert was planning a victory march from one congressional district to another. That's until one Republican candidate after another begged him to stay home and not bring the debate about his shameful failures of leadership into their races.

    Now, with your help, John Laesch can bring that debate into Hastert's own congressional race. Make Denny Hastert explain himself to the people of Illinois' 14th District. And help our four other veterans running in some of the closest, must-win races in the country.

    Rush a contribution to our veteran candidates right now.

    Don't just support John Laesch's run against Hastert. Tell Patrick Murphy in Pennsylvania that you won't tolerate Republican attempts to "swift-boat" him by disparaging his service to our country.

    Tell Leonard Boswell in Iowa that you won't let him be thrown off course by hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads funded by the Texas millionaire who was behind the Republicans' 2004 "swift-boat" attack strategy.

    Help Lee Ballenger in South Carolina stand up to the flood of special interest money pouring into his opponent's campaign from powerful oil and gas interests. And help Colonel Mike Weaver continue his surge in Kentucky with a campaign that tells the truth about the Bush fiasco in Iraq.

    Rush a contribution to our veteran candidates right now.

    Denny Hastert has been the longest-running Republican speaker in history. But in 25 days, we can take the gavel out of his hands -- and the smirk off George W. Bush's face. Don't back down. Don't stop working.

    Rush your support now to as many of our five veteran candidates as you possibly can.

    Together we'll win.

    John Kerry

  •  Bachman MN video is priceless (3+ / 0-)
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    kkjohnson, Naniboujou, raincrow

    Hey  thnaks for the link to that
    video of that Bachma,

    Hard to believe anyone could be so dumb

    as to call Terry Shiavo  healthy  !!

    too bac that video was so short

  •  Here's a link to Frank Newport's (0+ / 0-)

    (of Gallup) analysis of recent polls:

    Religious Whites Disproportionately Shift Away from GOP.

    PRINCETON, NJ -- An analysis of  USA Today/Gallup poll trend data indicates that while Democrats have made gains across the board on the generic Congressional ballot in the latest Oct. 6-8 survey, the change has been greater among religious whites than among less religious whites and among non whites. At this point, religious whites are equally as likely to say they will vote Democratic as Republican, a marked change from their strong tilt towards the Republicans in surveys conducted June through September.

  •  Re: Weaver... (3+ / 0-)

    That's a pretty damned good apology, actually.

    "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

    by ogre on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:05:28 AM PDT

  •  This is for the birds (0+ / 0-)

    Literally, help save wildlife

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:05:40 AM PDT

  •  November 5th (0+ / 0-)

    Craig Crawford had some nice observations on of the possible ramifications of the upcoming midterms.  Here's how he ended his piece:

    No matter what happens — even if Republicans eke out a majority
    on Capitol Hill — Bush will be in for an unpleasant final stretch of
    his presidency. This will not be the Congress he once knew. In the
    House, the GOP will probably lack the votes or the effective
    leadership to rubber-stamp his agenda. And in the Senate, the
    president’s party seemingly has no chance to gain the seats needed to
    thwart Democratic filibusters.

    Even if the November election quickly determines which party is
    to rule, the balance of power appears unlikely to tip very far in either
    direction. This is a recipe for paralysis, especially for just about
    anything Bush wants to get done.

    There is a bright side for the president if Democrats increase
    their clout on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. He would
    have a better shot at reaching one of his main domestic goals:
    immigration reform. Conservative Republicans in the House were
    the prime obstacles to Bush’s passionately held desire to ease the way
    for undocumented workers to legally keep their American jobs.
    Beyond that prospect, the biggest winners after this election could
    be the independent-oriented lawmakers who can work on either side
    of the political fence.

    Consider what a bright future Sen. Joe
    Lieberman faces if he wins in Connecticut as an independent.
    If either party comes within a single vote of holding a Senate
    majority, Lieberman could go from being an outcast among Democrats
    to the most powerful king maker in Washington. Likewise for
    Republican and Democratic fence sitters in the House.
    Fasten your seat belts. This midterm election could last well
    beyond November.

    No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. --Edward R. Murrow

    by craigb on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:06:08 AM PDT

    •  rats fleeing sinking ship (0+ / 0-)

      the next two years will be a successive distancing of themselves from bush so as not to be tarred with the very wide brush of the bush administration's incometence. just watch the 2008 republican candidates try to claim that they only voted with him because they believed his lies, but now they know better.

      They may even resort to the tactics of the governator who has now disguised himself as a democrat.

      You can't get away with the crunch, 'cuz the crunch always gives you away

      by dnamj on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:22:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  One Iraq success story (0+ / 0-)

    sort of.  Three years later bomb victim thrives

    Three years after being airlifted from Iraq for emergency surgery in Oakland, 12-year-old war victim Saleh Khalaf is the mayor of MacArthur Boulevard.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:07:44 AM PDT

  •  WA-08 Republican ad attack! (0+ / 0-)

    This morning, while watching the local NBC affiliate king5news before going to work...

    I saw TWO back to back anti-burner ads that I've not seen before!

    One was by the RNCC and the other was from the Reichert campaign...

    They BOTH attack Darcy's position of "let the tax cuts expire" and then flash typical Republican bogeyman attacks of "Tax Increase!!!"  "TAXES ON WORKING FAMILIES, DEATH, MARRIAGE!!!"

    Anyone seen these in the Metro Seattle Area?

    It is amazing how much can be accomplished when you don't care who gets the credit - Harry Truman
    PoliticalCompass Scale: -2.13, -2.97

    by floundericiousMI on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:09:34 AM PDT

    •  Yes I saw that, but HER ads ROCK (1+ / 0-)
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      Her Ads showing Reichert snuggling up to bush and calling him a rubber stamp republican, and the democrat dncc?) ads are truly awesome. Hooray to Maria Cantwell by the way for responding directly to mcgavick's lies, too.

      Dean will be in town soon to campaign for Darcy.

      You can't get away with the crunch, 'cuz the crunch always gives you away

      by dnamj on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:24:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  NRCC is running the tax commercial in MN-06 (1+ / 0-)
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      Wetterling supports cancelling the cuts to th highest tax bracket.

      She supports the 10 & 25% brackets, and all credits and deductions currently in law.

    •  Not impressed (1+ / 0-)
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      these ads sound like they are trying to whip up hysteria against Darcy, but I don't think voters in her district are going to go for the RNCC tactics.

      Her ads are very good, she comes off very polished, which should help blunt the charge that she is too young and inexperienced.

      The thing about these ads, other than the fact that they make watching local news nearly unbearable, is that they don't seem to resonate with voters. Not a single person in my carpool can remember with any detail the ads that have been on so far.

    •  Mike! McGavick ads (1+ / 0-)
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      Do his ads seem a little "Dr. Phil" to you? The white background set and his "let's just talk" pitch come off as "I'm not really one of those politicians". And it's phony as hell

      Then he goes on to use the term "illegals" and talk about how great building a fence would be. Hello Mike-the Repubs in Eastern WAshington are going to vote for you anyway. I think it's a risk for him to try to appeal to the anti-immigration crowd. There aren't that many in the more populated regions of the state. I'm not sure who's advising him on ads, but they are doing a piss poor job of it.

  •  I don't care about Christopher Hitchens. (0+ / 0-)

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion How can that not mean seperation of church and state.
    Is it agin the law to buy and sell votes?

    How to make America great and moral; VOTE DEMOCRATIC

    by roxnev on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:10:05 AM PDT

    •  One. More. SC. Justice. That's How n/t (0+ / 0-)

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:25:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  read literally (0+ / 0-)

      all the First Amendment says is that Congress cannot annoint any particular religion as the "national religoin."  Recall the Church of England.  Think of all the muslim countries where Islam is the national religon and if you convert to Christianity, it is penalized with death.  (God forbid you are a Jew in a Muslim nation - if you can find one).  Madison and Hamilton's point was that there ought never be state sanctioned religious identity or any forced conversions like Islam.

  •  The fiscal year ends when I say it ends (0+ / 0-)

    This morning my administration released the budget numbers for fiscal 2006. These budget numbers are not just estimates; these are the actual results for the fiscal year that ended February the 30th.*

    Of course, the footnote reads, "September 30th."

    lime rick Drain the swamp and expose the alligators.

    by mspicata on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:11:11 AM PDT

  •  Lynndie England (1+ / 0-)
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    Incredible story (first print interview) of Lynndie England in marie claire. It's great because it is a non-political magazine and article, but she sublty implicates officers and especially NGO's (CIA) in the torture. It should open some peoples eyes to the fact that this was not bad apples, but a bad tree. The article doesn't go so far as to excuse England's behavior, but it puts it in context.

  •  Sports: Um, still waiting (1+ / 0-)
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    for Kos' predicted kicking of Tiger ass by the A's.

    Pay no attention to me, I'm just a bitter and jealous Mariner fan. The last time our guys won a game in Oakland, I think Bush I was president.

    News is what they don't want you to know. Everything else is publicity. --Bill Moyers

    by RobLewis on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:15:06 AM PDT

    •  ironically (0+ / 0-)

      I just moved from the Deeeeetroit area to the Metro Seattle area...I was remarking to a coworker here that it'd figure I'd leave Detroit just as its sports teams got their acts together...

      Pistons - not a bad crew
      Red Wings - we'll see LOL
      Tigers - see for yourself!

      It is amazing how much can be accomplished when you don't care who gets the credit - Harry Truman
      PoliticalCompass Scale: -2.13, -2.97

      by floundericiousMI on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:55:47 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  way not political (1+ / 0-)
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    but I am just creeped out by the fact that in texas there are throbbing arachnid balls.

    things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

    by terrypinder on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:19:35 AM PDT

  •  Mike Weaver and kos (1+ / 0-)
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    Actually, I totally understood that Weaver was being sarcastic, and found it weird that kos jumped his ass so badly. Not sure how doing that helped the Dems in any way. I'm sure some Repubs will be happy about it though.

    Maybe Weaver's delivery wasn't great (and yes his manager wasn't so good either), but he certainly didn't sound to me like the dumbass kos made him out to be.

    Whackos get their info thru the Christian right. We'll bring them out to vote against something and make sure the public lets the whole thing slip past them.

    by chemsmith on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:19:38 AM PDT

  •  Keep a watch out for some "libertarians"... (0+ / 0-)

    They're nothing more than unregulated-market corporatists in disguise; they almost always believe - incorrectly, by every accepted standard of economics - that unfettered capitalism (particularly dominated by massive, vertically-integrated corporations, with no unions to counter the balance of power, and with privatization across the board) is the solution to every problem and that government is evil.

    It aint and it aint.

    That only works for perfectly private goods and services, in a market with perfect information that flows freely, and with no barriers to entry/exit, where no sellers/buyers can affect the market price and where bargaining power is perfectly equal in every transaction... in otherwords, in a bizzaro world that doesn't map out to reality.

    The closest thing to a 'perfect,' private market that economists have ever identified is the capital markets (stocks, bonds, etc.): I don't think I need to remind anyone around here just how easy it is to commit fraud in ~those~ markets.

    Just keep that in mind... politics makes for strange bedfellows, and the Ayn Randians of the world are as devoted to their cause as any fundamentalist religious freak would be.

    (I'm certainly not going to fuss if they want to vote Dem, but I'm not capitulating to their bullshit, Straussian, factually unsupported, neo"libertarian" economic policies)

  •  I said yesterday that was probably what Weaver (0+ / 0-)

    was trying to do

  •  Representative Weaver (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you!

    If only we had the same honesty and willingness to admit mistakes from other politicians.

  •  Wolcott on history (1+ / 0-)
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    At the bottomm of No Exit Wolcott gets to the bottom of it:

    The mystery for future historians is why Bush's illusions and grandiosities were so coddled and cradled by everyone from his craven staff to Joe Lieberman and Tony Blair. How was he blessed (and the rest of us cursed) by so many enablers?

    If only I could be living then instead of now.

  •  Armstrong's Quotation Clarified (0+ / 0-)

    I see that an Australian computer programmer has found the missing "a" in Neil Armstrong's first words from the moon, making his statement, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" [news story, Oct. 2]. I would welcome that if it were true. But, frankly, I doubt it.

    In 1969 I was acting chief of the Broadcasting Services Office at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston -- "acting" because the chief, Bob Hart, was hospitalized. I had a capable group of typists who would listen to tapes of all conversation from space, transcribe them and turn the transcriptions over to our print shop for distribution to the media.

    One typist came to me just after Mr. Armstrong stepped onto the moon and said, "This just doesn't sound right!" She noted that Mr. Armstrong had said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." I groaned, and we went to her booth to listen to the tape. I listened to it six times, trying to hear even the slightest hesitation between the words "for" and "man." Had I heard it, I would have assumed he had swallowed the "a," and I would have amended the transcript to read "One small step for a man."

    But there was no such hesitation. I approved the transcript, and that's the way it went out to the world. His words were historic, and I had no right to change them. I stand by the decision I made some 37 years ago.

    As for Mr. Armstrong, I was amazed he could even speak at that moment. He had every right to be slightly incoherent.


    •  Having looked at the waveforms myself... (1+ / 0-)
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      I do see what the programmer is talking about. Find it on the NASA site, and take a look for yourself in something like soundforge. Then record yourself saying the two lines (both ways), and see if there is any difference. In particular, in the NASA recording, the 'a' signature is there in the phrase "step for (a) man" but not in the phrase "step for mankind". The waveform patterns simply look different. However, I do agree that there is nothing there to hear, and no pause. If he said it, he only eeked out the slimmest version of 'a', or the rest of it was lost in transmission or noise.

  •  2 thoughts (3+ / 0-)
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    TracieLynn, Catte Nappe, papercut
    1. Congrats to Mike Weaver.  I accept your apology, and like you I will make plenty more mistakes in my life.
    1. How can someone like Bachmann run, nonetheless win.  I mean Terri Schiavo was "a healthy woman."  Isn't this the type of thing that got Dan Quayle his reputation?  I mean Bachmann might have said more stupid things in that debate than Quayle said in his lifetime.  That would be some accomplishment!  What's wrong with the people in that district that they would think of putting this nutjob in Congress?  Imagine what the press would be if Tom Cruise had said the same thing!
  •  Woman disrupts bush's speech moments ago. (2+ / 0-)
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    boofdah, raincrow

    Just watched her ejection on Headline News.

    Don't where it happened or to whom he was speaking.

  •  I can vouch for the libertarian trend. (0+ / 0-)

    I have a tenant who is an objectivist.

    A few months ago, we came home from work at the same time and we both hung out in our cars for a while before going inside.  My excuse was that Randi Rhodes was reading from the 9/11 Report on the timeline of events and implying that whomever scrambled the fighter jets had no intention of ever intercepting the planes.  Kind of a stretch, but that Randi can be oh, so riveting.

    Turns out, my Objectivist friend was doing the very same thing!

    So I take out the recycling each week and I've noticed that all of the Republican lit, including absentee ballot applications, are tossed along with the other junk mail.

    Note to Republicans, when you've lost the Objectivists, it's time to give up!  

  •  hic! (1+ / 0-)
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    I still don't know why anyone cares about Christopher Hitchens.

    His bartender cares.

    ...riiiing! "Hello? April? The lemons are in the nests. I'll be right there!" riiiing!...

    by The Gryffin on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:55:40 AM PDT

  •  Markos, the SB Nation homepage (0+ / 0-)

    appears to be messed up.

    No links to any of the child least not using Firefox under XP on a pc.  Haven't tried other browsers, os, or machines.

    Oh, and how about those A's Tigers, eh?  Heh.

    The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillo

    by Eddie Haskell on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 12:01:18 PM PDT

  •  Tester/burns debate tonight (0+ / 0-)

    Thursday, October 12
    7:00 p.m.  (that's Mountain Time)
    Helena Regional Airport, Upstairs Meeting Room
    Sponsored by Hometown Helena and The Helena Independent Record

    Beartooth NBC will broadcast the debate live in Helena, Great Falls, Havre, and Lewistown.

    C-Span will broadcast the debate live.

    This is from the Tester webite

  •  Libertarians becoming Dems (1+ / 0-)
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    My husband used to be a Libertarian; I was independent (no party affiliation). After the 2004 elections, we both registered as Democrats and haven't looked back.

  •  CNN Front pages the REID "scandal"? (0+ / 0-)

    Are they kidding?  Look how long this article is?!

    OOOOOOH Scandal and this time it's Dems! FRONT PAGE IT SO WE DON'T LOOK LIKE WE'RE LIBERAL!!

    It is amazing how much can be accomplished when you don't care who gets the credit - Harry Truman
    PoliticalCompass Scale: -2.13, -2.97

    by floundericiousMI on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 12:37:41 PM PDT

  •  Lynn Westmoreland (R) vs Mike McGraw (D) Debate-- (0+ / 0-)

    Lynn Westmoreland (R) vs Mike McGraw (D) Debate--MCGRAW!!

    Last night was the debate between incumbant republican Westmoreland of recent infamy from his Stephen Colbert interview, and Mike McGraw-Democrat.

    I was just one more case of the obvious embarrassment that Westmoreland brings to Georgia. Sadly, though McGraw destroyed him in the debate, not one television news station was in attendence. It is sad to see such a fantastic candidate suffer because of a failure of media to cover his brilliance and a lack of finances against one of the biggest sellouts in Congress. Westmoreland has not submitted one piece of legislation in his time im congress yet his 1 million dollars vs. McGraws $30,000 makes the result somewhat inevitable without some divine or financial interventions! needs your help!

    See the infamous Westmoreland Colbert interview on YouTube!

    <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>

  •  No DSCC aid to Lamont! Bastards! (0+ / 0-)

    Not even one mention of Lamont anywhere in their archives other than under comments.  Urge everyone to stop funding the DSCC.  They are dark and secretive crooks.
    Send money directly to the candidates.  

  •  Westmoreland-Colbert Interview! (0+ / 0-)

    Here is the link for the
    Westmoreland bafoonery! Please help Mike McGraw!
    Westmoreland makes fool of self!

  •  Tempting Faith (0+ / 0-)

    Tempting Faith a political art graphic to go with the new book.

  •  Rochester energy presentation (1+ / 0-)
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    College Progressive

    Yo, Rochester NY Kossacks!

    I'm giving an energy presentation at the Greece Public Library on Monday, 10/16, at 7PM, length about 90 minutes.  This is an overview of our energy situation with an eye toward where we're headed and encouraging conservation and political activism.  (And yes, I will talk about Peak Oil, the relative insignificance of the recent Gulf of Mexico find, etc.)  

    The intended audience is non-energy geek mainstream consumers.

    The details are on the library web site:  

    Please note that the library wants people to reserve a spot, for planning purposes.

    Even if you're not interested in hearing about energy, come anyway, and afterwards we can talk about how badly Reynolds (we're in NY-26) and the rest of the Republican "leadership" is cratering, thanks in part to Greece native Kirk Fordham.

  •  Mike Weaver: A+ for response (nt) (0+ / 0-)
  •  Cavuto asked Bill O'Reilly why he's so angry? (0+ / 0-)

    O'Reilly said " I am passionate, not angry".  Yeah, right Bill, it seems as if he is angry for Neil Cavuto asking that question.

    Then Cavuto added for ten years, the whole time Cavuto has known O'Reilly, he has been angry.  Cavuto seems to have chilled out a little, I guess having MS has changed his perspective on things.  O Reilly has such a lack of empathy and so full of himself, if only something debilitating would happen to him, then maybe he would realize what an ass he is.  Sad that I have to write this, but I think only something bad and devastating would give O'Reilly a caring perspective.

    "I'm not going to take a lecture on morality from a party that took hush money from a child predator." - Rep. Harold Ford

    by Sandy on Signal on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 01:53:14 PM PDT

  •  Gail Collins quits as NYT op-ed editor (0+ / 0-)

    The NY Times just announced that Gail Collins, who has been its op-ed editor since 2001, will step down at the start of next year and be replaced by Andrew Rosenthal, who wrote many scathing editorials targeted at the Bush administration and GOP over the past few years:

    Times Editorial Page Editor Steps Down
    Published: October 12, 2006
    Gail Collins, the first woman to run the editorial page of The New York Times, is stepping down Jan. 1 and will be succeeded by Andrew Rosenthal, the deputy editor of the page. Ms. Collins is taking a leave of absence from the paper to write a book and will return in July as a columnist on The Times’s Op-Ed page.

    Ms. Collins, 60, became editor of the page in 2001 and oversaw its expansion. She also instituted editorials for the Sunday paper’s regional sections covering New York City and its suburbs.

    Mr. Rosenthal, 50, was named deputy editor in 2003 after having served as the paper’s assistant managing editor, foreign editor and acting national editor.

    Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The Times, called Mr. Rosenthal “a born editorial writer,” saying he had written some of the paper’s “most powerful and insightful editorials.” Mr. Rosenthal’s editorials have been highly critical of the Bush administration, particularly regarding intelligence and civil liberties issues and military commissions

    How do you like them apples, Mr. Hiatt!

    And I wonder who she will replace on the op-ed page. Tierney? Friedman? Brooks?

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 02:25:17 PM PDT

  •  Michele Bachmann (0+ / 0-)

    Another reason Howard Dean's 50 state strategy is such a good idea is that it's amazing how stupid the GOP's talking points sound when there is an (even relatively!) intelligent opposition bringing actual facts and thoughts to a discussion.  They become laughing stocks.  Now, if only more people would question why they haven't been hearing more rounded discussions from the media.

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

    by TracieLynn on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 02:43:53 PM PDT

  •  Just gotta repeat this: (0+ / 0-)

    "Libertarians apparently became disillusioned with Republican overspending, social intolerance, civil liberties infringements, and the floundering war in Iraq."

    Absolutely right!

    ...The Precinct 134 Blog: Focusing on local politics in Chandler, Arizona and the surrounding community.

    by George in AZ on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 05:54:11 PM PDT

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